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SORE THROATS MATTER. Rheumatic Fever. is a serious disease caused by a strep throat can make children very sick and cause heart damage m ay mean a lifetime of feeling breathless and tired can shorten life. SORE THROATS MATTER. New Zealand still has high rates of rheumatic f ever

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Sore throats matter

SORE THROATSMATTER


Rheumatic fever

Rheumatic Fever

  • is a serious disease caused by a strep throat

  • can make children very sick and cause heart damage

  • may mean a lifetime of feeling breathless and tired

  • can shorten life

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Rheumatic fever1

New Zealand still has high rates of rheumatic fever

In [name of region] [X] cases [relevant local info]

Rheumatic Fever

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Who is most at risk

Māori and Pacific tamariki

Aged 5 – 20

Families/whānau who have had rheumatic fever

Families/whānau who live in houses with lots of people

Who is most at-risk?

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How does rheumatic fever affect the body

How does rheumatic fever affect the body?

Acute rheumatic fever

affects 3 organ systems

Brain

Heart

Joints (arthritis)


Reducing the risk for your school is easy

Reducing the risk for your school is easy

Ask your students if they have sore throats – build checks into your schools’ daily routine

Some schools have a throat swabbingclinic – refer children with sore throats

No clinic? Notify family about the need for a health worker, doctor or nurse to check every sore throat.


What happens next

What happens next?

A quick throat swab

Child needs to take the full 10-daycourse of antibiotics


Reducing the risk to your school community

Reducing the risk to your school community

  • Good hand washing and drying

  • Covering mouths when coughing and sneezing

  • Don’t let children share water bottles, cups and toothbrushes

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Resources to help your school

Resources to help your school

  • Posters

  • Flyers

  • Stickers

  • Inserts for school newsletters

    Order or download from

    sorethroatsmatter.org.nz


More information

More information

  • Ask a health worker or health centre for more information about sore throats and rheumatic fever

  • Visit sorethroatsmatter.org.nz

  • Call Healthline 0800 611 116

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  • Acknowledgements

Thanks to Ngati Hine Health Trust, the National Heart Foundation of New Zealand, ToiTeOra, the National Hauora Coalition and Northland DHB for contributing images and information for this slideshow, which has been compiled by the Health Promotion Agency.


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